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STEM Activities for Winter and Holiday

STEM activities for winter and holidays can be fun and engaging. Kids will love these STEM challenges for winter and Christmas! Students can practice their science and engineering skills while learning about electrical circuits, making predictions, troubleshooting, and completing fair tests on a prototype. Here are some ideas:

Students will Love these STEM Challenges for the Holidays!


1.   Dissolving Candy Canes in different liquids

Dissolving candy canes science experiment
2.  Light Up Ornaments
Students will make ornaments that light up with simple circuits!
Making a light up ornament for Christmas
Making a light up ornament for ChristmasMaking a light up ornament for Christmas
Making a light up ornament for Christmas

3. Snowball Launchers (I used ping pong balls or large marshmallows) Great design thinking as students test and retest and redesign their ping-pong ball launchers.

making a snowball launcher stem challenge
making a snowball launcher stem challenge
making a snowball launcher stem challengemaking a pingpong ball launcher stem challenge
making a pingpong ball launcher stem challenge
Students love making electrical circuits out of paper, copper tape, and LED lights. My resource has templates and directions that make this activity easy! 
Electrical circuits with copper tape Christmas Tree
 
Light up Christmas Tree Copper Tape

These holiday STEM activities with copper tape are very popular!

Light up  paper snowman Copper Tape
STEM challenge Christmas
 
6. Build an Igloo out of Sugar Cubes
Great building activity. It is harder than it looks!
STEM challenge Winter
7. Chemical and Physical Reactions- Expanding Snowman This one is super fun!  Students put snow in the baggie and add a mystery substance.  Wow!  it blows up big!
STEM challenge Winter
8. Light Up Snow Flake Ornament
These beautiful ornaments are easy to make and the students love them!

Easy to make Light Up Ornaments for STEM

Making a light up snowflake ornamentMaking a light up snowflake ornament

Making a light up snowflake ornament

9. Building with gumdrops and toothpicks
This STEM challenge is great for small groups. 
STEM activity Christmas

So many ideas for holiday STEM and Winter STEM

 
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    I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

     
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    I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
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    The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
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    As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
    Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

     
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    Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
    My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

     
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    Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
    2020-11-03T20:45:49-07:00

    Heidi J

    My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
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